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Additive Manufacturing 101-4: What is material jetting?

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Material Jetting (Image: 3D Hubs)

  Mechanical Design Engineer and Additive Manufacturing Ph.D. student

This is the fifth article in a series of original articles that will help you understand the origins of the technology that is commonly called 3D printing. First an introduction, followed by the seven main technologies categories (binder jetting, directed energy deposition, material extrusion, material jetting, powder bed fusion, sheet lamination, vat photopolymerization) and then a design philosophy for additive manufacturing.

Material Jetting

ISO/ASTM definition: “material jetting, —an additive manufacturing process in which droplets of build material are selectively deposited.”[1]

Material Jetting can also be known as (in alphabetical order):
➢ Aerosol Jet® (Optomec, Inc.)

➢ Ballistic Particle Manufacturing or BPM[2]

➢ Drop On Demand or DOD[3]

➢ Laser-Induced Forward Transfer or LIFT[4]

➢ Liquid Metal Jetting or LMJ[5]

➢ Multi-Jet Modelling or MJM (3D Systems Corporation)

➢ Multi-Jet-Printing or MJP (3D Systems Corporation)

➢ Nano Metal Jetting© (XJet) or NMJ

➢ NanoParticle Jetting™ (XJet) or NPJ

➢ Polyjet® (Stratasys Inc)

➢ Printoptical© Technology (Luxexcel)

➢ Thermojet Printing (3D Systems Corporation)

In 1984, Bill Masters patented one of the first AM technologies[6] and founded the company Perception Systems, Inc. He later changed its name to BPM Technology and called the technology ballistic particle manufacturing but eventually went bankrupt in 1998. The first commercialized machines were made in 1994 by a company that later became Solidscape[2]. Multi-Jet-Printing is a process from 3D Systems and was commercialized in 1996 which had a few different trade names like Thermojet and MJM. Then in 1998 Polyjet technology was developed by Objet[7], a company based in Israel which later merged with Stratasys in 2012. Then a founder of Objet started XJet in Israel and in 2015 announced a new material jetting technology that can make fully dense metal parts with a high level of surface quality.


Figure 1: Material Jetting example setup[8]

Material jetting is very similar to the type of technology that exists in a standard home-based inkjet printer and is closely related to the binder jetting process. The main difference is that rather than printing ink or a binder, it prints the specific type of material that will make up the final part. Another difference from standard 2D printing is rather than printing this material into a sheet of paper, the material gets deposited directly onto the build surface and becomes solidified by some mechanism. Then the build platform changes the height and the process is repeated until the final geometry is achieved. The material is deposited drop by drop in a very precise and fine detailed manner; however, the exact mechanism for depositing these drops varies with the type of material being jetted. Some of the print heads used are exactly the same types that exist in 2D printers, namely piezoelectric or thermal print heads. These print heads are the exact same type as described for binder jetting. However, in the case of LMJ where the temperatures involved are too high to either boil the material or have a piezo mechanism operate, a combination of magnetic and electrical forces operate and utilize Lorentz forces to propel droplets of liquid metal to be printed. In the case of LIFT, a laser pulse hits a special film consisting of the desired build material, as well as a carrier substrate, and results in a droplet being formed that falls towards the build surface. Then the film is moved so that the laser can hit a new part of the film and release additional material. Regardless of the drop creation process, once the drop is deposited, it then solidifies either through material cooling (LMJ and LIFT), external curing from a UV light source (Polyjet and Multi-Jet Printing), or by evaporating a liquid transport material by using infrared light/heat (NMJ). Research into reactive jetting using monomers and catalysts to form polymers[9] will increase the strength of parts made in this way. These polymers are generally materials that cannot be easily used in AM technologies but are highly attractive because of the long molecule chains associated with them. By being able to reactively jet these materials, the resulting plastics will have very large cross bonds that are formed within and between layers which will increase the strength of these plastic parts. Parts made this way will have a strength equivalent to injection moulded parts.

One big advantage of this technology is the ability to gang multiple print heads together. Having multiple print heads allows these machines to do unique things, such as print in different colours like traditional ink-jet printers, print faster by printing over the entire build surface in one pass, and print in multiple materials at the same time. The surface quality of these parts is usually quite high due to jetting very small droplets. Similar to how a normal inkjet printer is able to print thousands of different colours using only three different inks, a 3D printer that is able to jet multiple materials can combine these materials in different proportions in order to vary material properties in the finished part and create so-called digital materials. There is also a wide range of potential materials that can be directly jetted from plastics to metals; however, the time to develop new materials can be long. An advantage of using similar UV cured resins to those used in SL is that by incorporating the UV cure immediately after jetting, the parts come out fully cured and do not typically need any sort of post-curing.

Some disadvantages of this technology are the build time can be slow due to the nature of jetting very small amounts of material at a time over a small portion of the build area. Some machines use excess material by purging extra material through the nozzles and lines between layers or when the machine is not printing in order to preserve the print heads and prevent them from clogging up. Support structures are also required, thus one print head is dedicated to jetting only support material. This support material generally has very different material properties from that of the main part. Either it melts at a much lower temperature, is much softer, or is chemically different. Removal of the support material is then a manual step requiring one of the following methods: melting or dissolving away of the support material, spraying away the support material manually with water using a high-pressure wash, or removing them by hand.

References

[1] “ISO/ASTM 52900:2015(en), Additive manufacturing — General principles — Terminology,” International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, Switzerland, 2015.

[2] Gibson I., Rosen D. W., and Stucker B., Additive Manufacturing Technologies. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2010.

[3] Le H. P., “Progress and trends in ink-jet printing technology,” Journal of Imaging Science and Technology, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 49–62, 1998.

[4] Visser C. W., Pohl R., Sun C., Römer G.-W., Huis in ‘t Veld B., and Lohse D., “Toward 3D Printing of Pure Metals by Laser-Induced Forward Transfer,” Advanced Materials, vol. 27, no. 27, pp. 4087–4092, Jul. 2015.

[5] Priest J. W., Smith C., and DuBois P., “Liquid Metal Jetting for Printing Metal Parts,” in Proceedings of the 8th Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (SFF), Austin, Texas, USA, 1997, pp. 1–9.

[6] Masters W. E., “Computer automated manufacturing process and system,” U.S. Patent 4,665,492, 12-May-1987.

[7] Gothait H., “Apparatus and method for three dimensional model printing,” U.S. Patent 6,259,962, 10-Jul-2001.

[8] Groth C., Kravitz N. D., Jones P. E., Graham J. W., and Redmond W. R., “Three-dimensional printing technology.,” Journal of Clinical Orthodontics : JCO, vol. 48, no. 8, pp. 475–85, Aug. 2014.

[9] Fathi S., Dickens P. M., Hague R., Khodabakhshi K., and Gilbert M., “Jetting of Reactive Materials for Additive Manufacturing of Nylon Parts,” in Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies and Digital Fabrication (NIP 25), Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 2009, vol. 2009, no. 2, pp. 784–787.

Rapid exhibition starts for Canada Makes’s partners

Rapid + TCT exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas started today and Canada Makes’ partners are well represented.

This morning was highlighted by GE Additive’s unveiling of the new Arcam EBM Spectra H, a new metal additive manufacturing system, designed to handle high heat and crack prone materials.

GE Additive booth 1318

See below for a quick tour of Canada Makes partners who are showing off there wares at this years Rapid +TCT.

Jesse Garant Metrology Center booth 737

Custom Prototypes booth 736

AON3D booth 542

Tiger-Vac booth 110

EOS booth 1118

Mazak booth 2004

Precision ADM booth 435

Tekna booth 2528

Renishaw booth 718

Visit Canada Makes’ partners on the floor at Rapid

April 23rd RAPID + TCT conference opens in Fort Worth, Texas. This yearly event is where additive manufacturing industry meets to learn about new applications of the technology, hear about new product announcements and network with peers and industry experts. Some of the more than 300 exhibitors are Canada Makes partners so please take the time to drop by and hear about their latest products and services.

Exhibitor Booth #
AON3D 542
EOS 1118
Precision ADM 435
GE Additive 1318
Jesse Garant Metrology Center 737
Renishaw 718
Tekna 2528
TIGER-VAC 110
Custom Prototypes / Raplas America 736

Go here to view the floor plan.

The conference will cover the latest processes, applications, materials, and research in additive manufacturing, helping attendees to discover how best to utilize 3D technologies within their operations. There will be over 200 presentations to choose from, and each is labeled novice, intermediate, or expert.

  • 300+ 3D technology providers in one room – Witness major product launches, see the newest technologies at work, and do side-by-side comparisons.
  • The top forum for additive manufacturing education in North America – 200+ presentations to educate on how to use 3D technologies to improve creativity and execution, reduce costs, and bring products to market faster.
  • Networking with thousands of attendees – The most influential and experienced additive manufacturing professionals attend RAPID + TCT. Consult with the industry experts on equipment decisions, and find out how peers are addressing similar challenges at their organizations.
  • Daily Keynotes – Each morning will feature an industry-leading speaker.

Learn more more about RAPID + TCT here.

4th Annual Réseau Québec-3D Conference: Transforming your business model with 3D Printing

This coming May 16th, Réseau Québec-3D will hold its fourth annual 3D Printing conference in Montreal with the theme: “Transforming your business model with 3D Printing”. Be sure to join more than 200 participants and exhibitors for one of Canada’s most important additive manufacturing (AM) conferences.

The event is once again a collaborative effort between CRIQ, Prima Québec, Canada Makes and CRITM and offers the opportunity to hear world class experts in additive manufacturing who will present how this technology transformed their business model.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet face-to-face and network with both international and national AM leaders that have demonstrated expertise throughout the additive manufacturing value chain and continue to help position Québec and Canada as a major global player in this flourishing industry.

Fabian Sanchez

Fabian Sanchez, Design Engineer – Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Canada Limited

Be sure not to miss keynote speaker Fabian Sanchez, Design Engineer – Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Canada Limited as he presents “Delivering End-to-End Solutions for Additive Manufacturing.”

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REGISTER NOW!
Click here to register online.

Agenda:
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Date:
May 16, 2018

Location:
Place Bonaventure
800, rue De La Gauchetière Ouest
Montréal QC H5A 1G1

Cost:
$ 250 using promo code RQ3D18

 

Highlights of AMUG 2018

 The Additive Manufacturers User Group, AMUG to all concerned, held its 30th anniversary event last week at the historical Union Station Hotel in St. Louis Missouri and it did not disappoint. Attending AMUG is a unique experience plain and simple. The expertise on the floor at AMUG is unrivalled and the learning opportunities endless.

Picking a high point is hard but the roaring and dizzying speed of the NASCAR racetrack as our surprise destination on Award Night is hard to beat. The evening was highlighted with the announcement of Custom Prototypes’ Mark Antony Roman Helmut as the winner of the Technical Competition Advanced Finishing.

My friend and Canada Makes partner Hargurdeep (Deep) Singh, Director of Additive Manufacturing at CAD MicroSolutions Inc. said the following, “Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference 2018 was a fantastic event to connect with many end-users, engineers, business executives and pioneers of the Additive Industry. This event provided an excellent resource for learning about the future of 3D Printing and I would like to acknowledge Frank Defalco for representing Canada Makes at AMUG 2018. Canada Makes representation helped bring together many partners who are now moving forward in helping Canadian companies to enable innovation and leverage AM technologies.”

Deep was kind enough to share some of his finer photos taken during the event. See if you can spot Deep hidden is some of the pictures.

About Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group’s origins date back to the early 1990s when the founding industry users group was called 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group, a users group solely focused on the advancement of stereolithography (SL) use with the owners and operators of 3D Systems’ equipment. Today, AMUG educates and supports users of all additive manufacturing technologies. The primary charter of the group remains the same, but its members are much more diversified, global and focused in advancing additive manufacturing technology for rapid manufacturing and prototyping.

With AMUG’s expanded range, operators/owners of any commercial technology — stereolithography, selective laser sintering, 3D printing, DMD, DMLS, FDM, LS, SL, SLM, PolyJet, and more * — can benefit from the information exchange and professional network that AMUG offers. www.amug.com

Custom Prototypes repeats as winner at AMUG with metal Roman helmet

Canada Makes offers congratulation to our member Custom Prototypes for once again being awarded first place in the Advanced Finishing category of the AMUG Technical Competition in St. Louis for their metal 3D printed Roman helmet.

Learn more about the process Custom Prototypes used to fabricate the Mark Antony helmut here.
About Custom Prototypes
Based in Toronto and with more than 20 years experience Custom Prototypes is a small team of designers, engineers and fabricators who specialize in bringing ideas into tangible working prototypes. Their collaborative work environment is the benchmark for their innovative approach to tackling complex problems. www.customprototypes.ca

Additive Manufacturing 101-3: What is material extrusion?

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Material Extrusion (Image: 3D Hubs)

  Mechanical Design Engineer and Additive Manufacturing Ph.D. student

This is the fourth article in a series of original articles that will help you understand the origins of the technology that is commonly called 3D printing. First an introduction, followed by the seven main technologies categories (binder jetting, directed energy deposition, material extrusion, material jetting, powder bed fusion, sheet lamination, vat photopolymerization) and then a design philosophy for additive manufacturing.

Material Extrusion

ISO/ASTM definition: “material extrusion, —an additive manufacturing process in which material is selectively dispensed through a nozzle or orifice.”[1]

Material Extrusion can also be known as (in alphabetical order):

➢ Direct Ink Writing or DIW[2]

➢ Extrusion Freeform Fabrication or EFF[3]

➢ Fused Deposition Modeling‎ or FDM® (Stratasys Inc.)[4]

➢ Fused Filament Fabrication or FFF[5]

➢ Glass 3D Printing or G3DP[6]

➢ Liquid Deposition Modeling or LDM[7]

➢ Micropen Writing[8]

➢ Plastic Jet Printing or PJP (3D Systems Corporation)

➢ Robocasting or Robotic Deposition[9], [10]

In 1988, Scott Crump invented a new AM process based on candle wax and a hot glue gun while making a toy for his daughter in the kitchen. The next year he started the company Stratasys, which became one of the largest AM companies in the world. In 2005, in the United Kingdom, Adrian Bowyer at the University of Bath started the RepRap project[5] based on the technology that made Stratasys so successful. His goal was to be able to make use of expiring patents[4] that would make FFF available to everyone, and create an open source 3D printer that was capable of replicating rapidly (RepRap) itself, or at least make as many parts for itself as it could. This first open source printer was released in 2008 and inspired many companies to make their own versions based on the RepRap platform. One company, MakerBot, was founded in 2009 and later acquired by Stratasys in 2013. This open-source design along with the expired patents allowed hundreds of different printer designs and companies to emerge since then. This recent development has contributed to the public’s general awareness of AM technology, even though the core technology started over 30 years ago. Most desktop 3D printers in the world are of this type and are what most people think of when they think 3D printer.

Figure 1: Example of a material Extrusion system’s basic components[11]

The core principle of this technology is that any material that is in a semi-liquid or paste form can be pushed through a nozzle and used to draw the 2D cross-sections of a sliced 3D model. Similar to how a hot glue gun heats a rod of glue and the trigger selectively pushes the material through the nozzle, material extrusion works exactly the same way. The material that is extruded doesn’t need to be plastic or even heated. While the vast majority of these printers use a plastic like ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) or PLA (Polylactic acid), any material that can be pushed through a nozzle (heated or not) and afterwards retain its shape can be used. Other examples include cement[12], chocolate[13], ceramic pastes or slurries[9], metal clays and metal filled plastics[14], ground-up and blended food[15], or even biocompatible organic cellular scaffolding gel[16]. The technology is scalable and is only limited by nozzle size and supporting machine structure. This supporting machine structure can take many different shapes such as a delta robot configuration or multi-jointed robot arms[17]. This printer structure can also be built using traditional scaffolding structures to create some of the largest printers in the world. Two examples are a 2014 Chinese built 12m x 12m x 12m printer in the city of Qingdao, and a 2016 12m tall delta printer in the Italian town of Massa Lombarda, both of which are large enough to print a small house. There are plans to build printers that move on a rail system enabling an almost infinite build length in one direction[18]. Multiple print heads can be installed on the same machine thus enabling multi-material printing, but there can be challenges with calibration between heads; thus, more than 2 heads on a machine is rare.The greatest advantage of this process is the extensive range of materials it can use. Almost all types of thermoplastics can be used, from the standard plastics like ABS to more engineering plastic grades like nylon, all the way up to advanced engineering plastics like polyether ether ketone also known as PEEK. These plastics have superior dimensional stability and can be used as actual end-use parts like in the Boeing 787 where many parts (mostly air ducting) are 3D printed from FDM processes. The mechanics of this type of printing are fairly simple and easy to modify especially due to the availability of open source designs; thus people have taken these principles to print anything that can fit into a syringe or that can be made into a filament.Some disadvantages are that this process is slow as only one nozzle operates at a time and the entire layer must be subdivided into actual tool paths to trace out the whole 2D slice. This tool path causes the fill factor to be less than 100% due to geometric constraints and nozzle diameter[19]. Parts generally have anisotropic material properties, and the same part can exhibit different strengths depending on how it was printed[19]. Layer heights are generally larger than other AM processes and are thus more visible and contribute to a higher surface roughness. Support materials and structures need to be used, otherwise, considerable sagging can occur depending on geometry. Removing these supports is either a manual and labour intensive process, or a process which requires dissolving and rinsing of parts in a chemical bath of some sort. Generally, only one material is used, with one main material and one support material being quite common. Anything more than one material and support is rare, it usually requires specialised print heads or specialised calibration techniques.

References

[1] “ISO/ASTM 52900:2015(en), Additive manufacturing — General principles — Terminology,” International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, Switzerland, 2015.

[2] Lewis J. A. and Gratson G. M., “Direct writing in three dimensions,” Materials Today, vol. 7, no. 7–8, pp. 32–39, Jul. 2004.

[3] Calvert P. D., Frechette J., and Souvignier C., “Gel mineralization as a Model for Bone Formation,” in MRS Proceedings, San Francisco, California, USA, 1998, vol. 520, pp. 305–401.

[4] Crump S. S., “Apparatus and method for creating three-dimensional objects,” U.S. Patent 5,121,329, 09-Jun-1992.

[5] Jones R., Haufe P., Sells E., Iravani P., Olliver V., Palmer C., and Bowyer A., “RepRap – the replicating rapid prototyper,” Robotica, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 177–191, Jan. 2011.

[6] Klein J., Stern M., Franchin G., Kayser M., Inamura C., Dave S., Weaver J. C., Houk P., Colombo P., Yang M., and Oxman N., “Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass,” 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 92–105, Sep. 2015.

[7] Postiglione G., Natale G., Griffini G., Levi M., and Turri S., “Conductive 3D microstructures by direct 3D printing of polymer/carbon nanotube nanocomposites via liquid deposition modeling,” Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, vol. 76, pp. 110–114, Sep. 2015.

[8] Morissette S. L., Lewis J. A., Clem P. G., Cesarano III J., and Dimos D. B., “Direct-Write Fabrication of Pb(Nb,Zr,Ti)O 3 Devices: Influence of Paste Rheology on Print Morphology and Component Properties,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, vol. 84, no. 11, pp. 2462–2468, Nov. 2001.

[9] Cesarano III J., Segalman R., and Calvert P. D., “Robocasting provides moldless fabrication from slurry deposition,” Ceramic Industry, vol. 148, no. 4, Business News Publishing, Troy, Michigan, USA, pp. 94–100, 1998.

[10] Cesarano III J. and Calvert P. D., “Freeforming objects with low-binder slurry,” U.S. Patent 6,027,326, 22-Feb-2000.

[11] Gibson I., Rosen D. W., and Stucker B., Additive Manufacturing Technologies. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2010.

[12] Khoshnevis B., “Automated construction by contour crafting—related robotics and information technologies,” Automation in Construction, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 5–19, Jan. 2004.

[13] Li P., Mellor S., Griffin J., Waelde C., Hao L., and Everson R., “Intellectual property and 3D printing: a case study on 3D chocolate printing,” Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 322–332, Apr. 2014.

[14] Nickels L., “Crowdfunding metallurgy,” Metal Powder Report, Nov. 2015.

[15] Periard D., Schaal N., Schaal M., Malone E., and Lipson H., “Printing Food,” in Proceedings of the 18th Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (SFF), Austin, Texas, USA, 2007, pp. 564–574.

[16] Mironov V., Boland T., Trusk T., Forgacs G., and Markwald R. R., “Organ printing: computer-aided jet-based 3D tissue engineering,” Trends in Biotechnology, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 157–161, Apr. 2003.

[17] Song X., Pan Y., and Chen Y., “Development of a Low-Cost Parallel Kinematic Machine for Multidirectional Additive Manufacturing,” Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, vol. 137, no. 2, p. 21005, Apr. 2015.

[18] Khoshnevis B., Bodiford M., Burks K., Ethridge E., Tucker D., Kim W., Toutanji H., and Fiske M., “Lunar Contour Crafting – A Novel Technique for ISRU-Based Habitat Development,” in 43rd American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, USA, 2005, vol. 13(1), no. January, pp. 5–19.

[19] Bagsik A. and Schöoppner V., “Mechanical Properties of Fused Deposition Modeling Parts Manufactured with ULTEM 9085,” in Proceedings of the 69th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2011 (ANTEC 2011), Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2011, pp. 1294–1298.

CAD MicroSolutions Drives Canadian Innovation with Addition of BigRep Large-Format 3D Printers

BigRep ONE

Canada Makes partner CAD MicroSolutions Inc., a leading service provider and distributor of 3D technology in Canada, announced today that it has partnered with BigRep to bring commercial sales and distribution of their large-scale 3D printing solutions to Canada.

BigRep’s 3D printing solutions are a fitting addition to CAD MicroSolutions’ existing line of mechatronics design tools and 3D printing solutions, opening the gateway to a new dimension of 3D printing and manufacturing for businesses across Canada. BigRep’s innovative BigRep ONE and BigRep STUDIO 3D printers give engineers, architects and designers around the globe access to large-scale 3D printing at an affordable price point.

“We are very excited to expand our Additive Manufacturing Technology portfolio by adding the BigRep large-format 3D printers to our consulting, sales and technical support channels,” says Hargurdeep (Deep) Singh, Director of Additive Manufacturing at CAD MicroSolutions. “These German Engineered BigRep 3D FFF printers will enable innovation for Canadian companies and allow them to achieve a revolutionary print volume of 1.3m³ at an extremely competitive price.”

Based in Berlin, BigRep is a leading global provider of large-format 3D printing technology for industrial users. Their highly innovative team develops and manufactures the world’s largest 3D printers, revolutionizing design, prototyping and industrial production from the ground up.

“We are proud to be partnering with CAD MicroSolutions to reach even more Canadian businesses with our large-format 3D printing technology,” said Frank Marangell, President of BigRep America Inc. and Executive VP of Global Sales. “We are confident that with their experience and expertise, BigRep will be a key player in the AM space in Canada.”

CAD MicroSolutions is the largest Canadian value-added-reseller of BigRep 3D printing solutions, and will provide consultation, sales and support for BigRep technology across Canada starting immediately. To learn more about the capabilities of BigRep’s 3D printing technology and the range of applications it is suited for, visit www.cadmicro.com or call 1-888-401-5885.

About CAD MicroSolutions
CAD MicroSolutions, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, has been providing engineers, designers and manufacturers with 3D technology and training for the entire product development lifecycle for over 30 years. CAD MicroSolutions is uniquely positioned to help their clients enable innovation across Canada, selling and supporting 3D printing solutions, virtual and augmented reality, as well as design automation software, training and consultation to help clients in mechatronics innovate, design and succeed. For more information about CAD MicroSolutions, please visit www.cadmicro.com or call 1-888-401-5885.

For further information please contact Darren Gornall, dgornall@cadmicro.com, (416) 213-0533.

Canada Makes’ partners at AMUGexpo

This year is the 30th Annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference in St. Louis, Missouri April 8 – 12, 2018. The historic St. Louis Union Station is the 2018 AMUG Conference site and will be home to the conference activities.

“Canada Makes shares AMUG’s goals of educating and advancing the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. This will be the first time Canada Makes attends AMUG and I am looking forward to a great learning opportunity and meeting the hands-on users of AM,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

The conference features AMUGexpo, which offers a unique opportunity for industry-specific vendors to display their products and services. Canada Makes members are well represented this year so take the time to visit and learn more about these great companies.

Jesse Garant Metrology Center Booth 71
Jesse Garant Metrology Center is a specialized part inspection company providing NDT & Metrology services using industrial imaging equipment. Our service allows manufacturers to make a qualified decision regarding their part at key stages throughout a product’s life-cycle. Part inspection services include: Industrial CT Scanning, Industrial X-ray, 3D Scanning. Visit https://jgarantmc.com

TIGER-VAC INC. booth 55 Tiger-Vac
Tiger-Vac’s explosion proof vacuum cleaners are specifically designed to safely collect and neutralize volatile plastic and metal powders from potentially resulting in a fire or explosion. Vacuums used in these hazardous locations are NRTL certified (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) and recognized by OSHA. Legally certified for use in Class I Group D and Class II Groups E, F and G Division 1 and 2 atmospheres. Various models and options are available such as dry and wet mix, coalescing filter elements, mist arrester pack and degassing valve. Models are available in pneumatic and electrically operated. For more about Tiger-Vac visit www.tiger-vac.com/index.aspx

EOS North America suite D4 EOS
EOS is the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Founded in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for holistic solutions in additive manufacturing. Like no other company, EOS is mastering the interaction of laser and powder material and provides all essential elements for industrial 3D printing. System, material and process parameters are intelligently harmonized to ensure a reliable high quality of parts. EOS’s machines, materials, and expertise help customers create their competitive edge and let their designs now drive their manufacturing. For more information, visit www.eos.info.

GE Additive suite D7 AP&C
GE Additive is part of GE, the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE Additive includes additive machine providers Concept Laser and Arcam, along with materials provider AP&C.;
GE’s relationships with Arcam and Concept Laser has complemented GE’s existing material science and additive capabilities, enabling the development of new service applications across multiple GE businesses and allowing us to earn numerous patents. GE Additive is committed to leading the industry through world-class machines, materials and services—accelerating innovations across industries and helping the world work smarter, faster and more efficiently. For more information, visit www.geadditive.com.

Renishaw suite D3 
Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to 3D printing, dentistry and brain surgery.
The Renishaw Group currently has more than 70 offices in 35 countries, with over 4,000 employees, of which 2,700 people are employed within the UK. For more information, visit www.renishaw.com.

Tekna booth P19 
Tekna’s powder division manufactures spherical metallic powders for additive manufacturing applications (mainly L-PBF, EB, and DED). Among other materials, Tekna produces spheres of Ti64 and AlSiMg. These spheres are wire atomized using Tekna RF-plasma proprietary process. These spheres are know for their superior flowability, high density, and purity. Tekna also produces various other powders for AM, including refractory metal spheres such as tungsten, tantalum and molybdenum. Tekna’s equipment division manufactures plasma equipment dedicated to producing spherical powders for AM. Such equipment will be on display in our booth during AMUG. For more information, please visit www.tekna.com

About Additive Manufacturing Users Group
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group’s origins date back to the early 1990s when the founding industry users group was called 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group, a users group solely focused on the advancement of stereolithography (SL) use with the owners and operators of 3D Systems’ equipment. Today, AMUG educates and supports users of all additive manufacturing technologies. The primary charter of the group remains the same, but its members are much more diversified, global and focused in advancing additive manufacturing technology for rapid manufacturing and prototyping. http://www.amug.com

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AON3D joins Canada Makes

AON3DCanada Makes is very pleased to welcome Montreal based AON3D as a member. The team at AON3D developed a line of 3D printers that is a big step up for Canada’s additive manufacturing sector.

“As a Canadian OEM in the additive manufacturing space, we’re obviously thrilled to join Canada Makes. Having an initiative that connects the national AM ecosystem is invaluable, especially at a time where adoption of these technologies can be so greatly accelerated through collaboration and knowledge sharing between stakeholders. We hope our 3d printing technology and deep knowledge of material science will add a lot of value in this regard, as ‘lowering the barrier to innovation’ has always been a major driver for us,” said Leif Tiltins, AON3D Head of Business Development.

“With the launch of the all-new M2, AON3D’s line of 3D printers continues to be in a class of its own,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “What is great about the M2 is its engineered and manufactured in Canada. I feels this is the new wave of made in Canada manufacturing we are seeing happen.”

 

AON3D’s mission has always been to facilitate creating parts that would otherwise be unfeasible – either financially, or technically. The M2 provides the essential features required for printing high performance polymers, at a fraction of the cost of comparable industrial machines.

Fully NAFTA compliant, and available to ship all around the globe, the AON-M2 supports the strongest 3D printable plastics available, including high-strength, chemically resistant, and flexible varieties.

Feel free to contact one of their engineers to discuss how the AON-M2 3D printer fits into your business application needs. hello@aon3d.com

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